Tomorrow It All Ends……..I Hope

I hope the great change will bring an end to the oppression of women, children, poor, old and young. The poor will become satisfied and the wealthy will have what they need.
I hope the wars, known and unknown, all of them will end. I hope the people will be free, full and just. That the workers of the world, their children and families will be free of the chains of greed. They will share in all things.
I hope that the oppressors of our time will be driven away to a place of their own making, complete with polluted air, dirty water, hunger, homelessness, crime, war, lots of prescription drugs with empty promises to stupefy their pain just out of reach and fear of the coming days.
I hope that tomorrow will bring about a path back to a clean and wonderful place that we can all be proud of called Earth. A giving mother that we have beaten to death but she always forgives, renews herself  and gives us more.
I hope the great change is just that, A GREAT CHANGE.

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Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Delicate


There are many elements of this shot that are delicate. If you look closely there are bits of pollen on the petals.


These are my beautiful bees filling their new comb with soon to be honey.

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Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Changing Seasons

That's no lady!

Ladybugs mating in my December Garden. A changing season? It is still quite warm and apparently a romantic setting!

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Kids, Cops and Courts OH MY!

Boys will be boys

This statement has probably gotten more boys into trouble than out. I, myself have used it but it really should be stripped from our colloquialisms.

My house is the house where all the kids go. You know the place, there’s one in every neighborhood. It looks like I run a circus with all the developing unicycle riders, stilt walkers, ball players and all. With all the activity one might think I had ten or more kids, as if six weren’t enough!

A few weeks ago there was an incident in the area of dogs being shot at with a BB gun. I had a cop come to my door and ask questions. Now firstly, we know our Constitutional rights and teach them diligently to our children, so we practice them especially when asked to neglect them. That means I don’t talk to cops without representation. Secondly, the armed man was in essence asking me to proffer up a sacrificial son based on his words. Nothing doing.  He went away and we thought nothing more about it.

You may wonder “But what about the dogs” , I as a mom, and animal lover, did too. I am no denier either. I asked my kids did they know of anything like this in the area. The answer was no , why would anyone shoot a dog?. We had no idea who’s dogs were in harms way, until a few days later. My middle son and daughter were in a neighbor’s yard when a boy from the next street over came to the fence with these words…”Hey, that was pretty cool how you shot those dogs! Why don’t you give the police your name?” WHAT?? Then my son notices our neighbors with many dogs watching him. He came home to tell me.

I am Mom but I try to be realistic. Could MY son do such a thing? Could this be a boys will be boys event? I looked at my son and knew “No”. This is the kid that on the farm slept in the goat pen, was in the puppy pile when our dog had a litter, rode bare back ponies that others were afraid of, no this was not the kid. That isn’t just Mom that is reality, right?

So, after some discussion we decide that he should go talk to the dog owners and relieve them of any suspicion . He and his older brother went twice but no one answered the door.  What more could we do? That question was answered by a letter from youth court asking us to bring our son (name badly misspelled) to a investigation for Malicious Mischief. Talk about a feeling of nausea and  dread! Anyone reading this that home schools knows that even little things can bring the authorities in on the home school witch hunt. But we also live in the deep south and for those that are unaware, the Justice Dept. is investigating the state’s youth court for Human Rights violations. They have sent kids to juvenile for the wrong color socks! NO JOKE.

O.K., well this isn’t the first kid to be wrongly accused. How do we deal with it? We decided again to go to the dog owners. My husband , son and I walked over and this time they answered the door. I was amazed that after I had spoken a few short sentences this woman and her son  were hugging my son and saying it was not him who they SAW shot at the dogs! These folks said they would attend the court and tell them this was a misrepresentation of what they had told the officer.

That week was utter pain. The ‘what ifs’ were constantly parading through our heads. How would we handle a bad outcome? Would the court even listen to the complainant? The pain was not just ours either. The neighbor lady who had signed the complaint was beside herself with guilt. She couldn’t do enough for my son or our family. I told her to remember the good that comes from this, that we are now better neighbors and friends.

A week later that is just what they did! Before they could even get into the court office the matter had been settled without my son’s name being taken down. The boy who had told the police he saw my son do the shooting , the same boy that thought ‘it was cool to shoot dogs” was now on the courts paperwork for investigation. We could not have hoped for a better outcome.

This whole thing gave us pause. One ,we found good neighbors and my son new friends that now have him helping them with their dogs.That’s right up his alley! Two, concern we have a kid(who has been in trouble before) in the area so willing to lie to police and the police so willing to use his word. If we had not been the type to visit our neighbors my son could be in confinement or fined for something he did not do. Neighborhoods are not what they used to be but it is up to us, all of us to try to make them better. So get out there and meet your neighbors! Lastly, it makes me look at my kids as independently as possible, I think they are really good kids!

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Black Friday ~ A Day for Workers, Prayers and Community

I am supporting all workers and teaching my children lessons in many subjects including faith. This will be put into direct action on Black Friday at a local Walmart. Did you know that in various parts of the country workers there have been on strike? Regardless of what the media says this is not an easy decision for workers. They have bills, families and obligations just like the rest of us. That is why they choose this road, Walmart refuses to pay them a living wage and allow them to gather, organize and work for change.

Did you know that Walmart treats workers around the world better than here in its home country?

After decades of such egalitarian arrangements, employer norms also tend to be more worker-friendly. In unionized supermarkets in the U.S., Bride says, management generally posts its workers’ schedules for the following week on Fridays—a little late for workers to do much advance planning. In the Netherlands, schedules are posted a full three weeks in advance. When Bride asked a store manager why, the manager replied, “It’s only fair.”


How do we let our brothers and sisters work where we buy but they are not treated with respect due to them. Does Walmart, or any business for that matter, make their huge profits without the help of the employees? We must stand with them so that when it is our turn they will stand with us. GO here to find out the closest action near you, yes it will make a difference.

Join Walmart Workers on Black Friday. Find events

It will build a community where one has been broken and it will teach others that we care. Put our morals into action because just talking about them does nothing, it’s just talk.


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My Enemy Reproduces!

UPDATE!  I meant this post to be funny AND reasonably correct, Thankfully a reader(see comments) has shown me the error of my assumptions. This is not the reproduction of my enemy but the wonderous reproduction of a parasitic wasp feasting on my enemy! Isn’t life amazing. See the video to learn more below!

This is what I found in my garden. It is a tomato horn worm. This voracious eater can devour a tomato plant almost over night. It’s coloring is a perfect camouflage to the gardener who isn’t really sure what to look for. Kids can spot them. Maybe their lower perspective or better eyes, they find them easily.Throughout the season I have found them in all sizes but this time was different! It was carrying eggs!

I found her(?) on a bell pepper plant. I hate these things but I must admit to their strange beauty. The eggs seemed to be attached to each of the brownish dots on the body. Now, don’t think me cruel but when I tried to remove a few they were stuck on pretty tight. Maybe the sacks grew out of these dots? There had to be thirty or more egg sacks. All I can think is that next year I may not grow any nightshade veggies because I can’t imagine that each sack has only one in it. Each probably has hundreds! I really love tomatoes and peppers.

Here is a shot of her on the plant. She is about 3 – 4 inches.Here her sacks look more cocoon like. The fuzz all hers.

I love the beauty that our gardens show us but I sure do hate the tomato horn worm! How do your enemies reproduce?

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Our little orphans have grown up quite a bit. All have flight feathers, while the smallest is still a bit small. We have seen their test flights, awkward as they are. They are free to fly away if they so … Continue reading

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